Bishop of New Diocese of Peoria Leads First Mass

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – The new Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, Louis Tylka, led his first public Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Peoria on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

“I’ve had a lot of preparation over the past 19 months to serve as co-bishop, so it’s time to get down to business,” Tylka said.

It is a rewarding and exciting experience for Tylka. The ninth bishop of the Diocese of Peoria said the focus was not on one parish, but on Illinois’ 26 counties.

“It’s 16,933 square miles, 158 parishes, so I have responsibility for quad cities, from northwest to Peoria, Bloomington to Champaign in Danville,” Tylka said.

Tylka said that after her first Sunday Mass, the real work begins.

“I have the responsibility to promote vocations and bring others into the service of the Church. This will all be part of the job, but it will focus a lot of energy, effort and resources on the bigger job at hand which is evangelism,” Tylka said.

Tylka is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Peoria. During her first public mass, her family was also there in support.

“He’s standing on his own feet, he’s the leader now. I think it’s been a long time coming, and he’s looking forward to doing well, and I know he will do well,” said one of Tylka’s older sisters, Brenda Landau.

His sisters said he had it in him since he was a little boy.

“We used to play church and we had communion, so it was in him from the start to become this wonderful person he is today,” said one of the older sisters of Tylka, Patty Arvia.

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